Gardening helps me feel grounded, connected and rejuvenated. Especially during times of stress or anxiety, there is something about getting your hands dirty and creating a fresh environment that engages all of the senses and sparks feelings of fulfillment, pride, and steadiness.
Why does nature matter? The answer to this question is sometimes easily lost in the noise and distractions of our normal day-to-day. And now, when our “normal” is being redefined and closed in around us, it’s even easier to lose sight of the importance of a connection with the natural world around us. However, I believe that now, more than ever, we can benefit from the therapy and healing that being connected to nature may bring.
Clay started working at Power to Be in 2011 and since then has been integral to both our adaptive recreation and wilderness school programs. Now as the Head of Program Risk and Training in Victoria, Clay oversees the necessary training our staff needs to deliver stellar programs and continuously assess our program risk and quality so we can continue to be innovative members of the adaptive recreation community.
Power To Be is proud to release our first quarterly update of 2020. Find out what's been happening over the past 3 months, and what's new with our organization. See the impact of our programs, read stories from staff, participants, and volunteers, and explore what's coming up.
Community plays an important role in staying engaged and connected right now. Although spending time physically together may be limited, remember to reach out to those in your community however you can. Power To Be supports those facing a barrier by fostering an inclusive, engaged community that is grounded in shared experience and shared values of connection, nature, and belonging.
Sofia is an admin volunteer at Power To Be’s Victoria office. Her smile and energy consistently bring a gentle calmness to our office space on Wharf St. Consistency, passion, and an awesome sense of style, Sofia has it all!
Thank you Phillips Brewing and Malting Co. for your ongoing support. When asked why they support Power To Be, Matt Phillips says, “Power to Be is a great resource in our community for those who need support in accessing nature. Phillips Brewing Co admires this effort and is proud to support the fantastic programs.”
Power To Be's programs offer new opportunities to get outside and explore. We are so grateful for the places we visit, the people who are a part of our programs, and the experiences that we share in nature, together. Today, we at Power To Be are exploring Stanley Park with new Open Adventure participants. For some, it will be their first Power To Be program and for others, it will be their reconnection with Power To Be after multiple years.
Rich history and nature collide at the Kinsol Trestle in Shawnigan Lake; a hidden gem located just outside of Victoria. Originally constructed in 1920 for mining and logging, the late railway is now a popular adventure spot with spectacular views of the surrounding forest landscape and the rushing river below. A spot for hiking, cycling, and horseback riding, the area has excellent accessibility with gravel trails that can accommodate both strollers and wheelchairs.
Waist-deep snow, mountain ranges, and spectacular moonlit views; this is the adventure that Power To Be’s Year 3 Wilderness School Cohort embarked on this month. On a clear February day, 7 youth, 3 staff members and a Power To Be volunteer headed out into the snow for a two-day, one-night snowshoeing adventure at Strathcona Provincial Park. The journey’s destination? Lake Helen Mackenzie, an 8-kilometre trail loop and a popular camping spot during both summer and winter.